2018: Game Recaps
The Cleveland Indians used a five-run fourth inning while tacking on runs in each of the final four frames to thump the Royals in a 12-5 rout to avoid a series sweep in Kansas City on Sunday afternoon.
Shane Bieber’s rookie campaign continued to march on as he gave an efficient, but not quite quality, outing on the mound. He was unable to complete the sixth inning, but by then, his teammates had overcome a quick early deficit to give him a sizeable lead.
The American League Central sleepwalk, coupled with a tough series with Boston earlier in the week, appear to have taken their toll on the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe dropped a season-high fourth straight game on Saturday, shelled by the Kansas City Royals, 7-1.
It was another tough start for Corey Kluber, who saw his four-game winning streak disappear in a rough outing against KC. The Royals fell behind early, but fought back and scored runs in five of their final six trips to the plate to bury the Indians with a big loss.
After fighting back with a two-run homer in the eighth, the Cleveland Indians were punched square in the mouth by the young Kansas City Royals in the ninth, as back-to-back homers from rookies Ryan O’Hearn and Hunter Dozier off of closer Cody Allen delivered a 5-4 home plate mobbing for the home team.
The on-going woes for Allen continued as he needed just four pitches to cough up the game, sending the Indians (73-55) to their third straight defeat. It marked the first time in Major League history that a pair of rookies hit consecutive homers in the ninth inning to tie and win the game.
For four innings, all was quiet in a getaway day afternoon game between the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox from Fenway Park.
Then, the fifth inning happened. The Red Sox ripped off six runs on three separate two-run doubles off of starter Adam Plutko and reliever Adam Cimber to support eight shutout innings from David Price in a 7-0 final.
An early Cleveland lead would not stand in the way for Boston on Wednesday, as the Red Sox would knock out Carlos Carrasco in the fourth and used three long balls to defeat the Indians by a 10-4 final to end their season-high tying three-game losing skid.
It was a rough night for the Indians starter Carrasco, who has been nearly unbeatable over the course of the last month and a half since rejoining the team after a stint on the disabled list. He would only last three and two-thirds innings on the night as he continued to struggle at Fenway Park in his career.
For the first time since the end of April, the Red Sox have lost three straight games. This time, they have the Indians to blame for two of those defeats as Shane Bieber took a shutout into the seventh inning and the bottom of the Tribe lineup provided an extra punch in a 6-3 win by Cleveland in Boston.
The Red Sox, who entered the night with a 44-17 record at home, took a second straight loss to the Indians to make it three straight defeats for just the second time this season (the other occurred from April 21 to 24 in Oakland against the A’s and Toronto against the Blue Jays). Boston could get nothing going against the Tribe starter Bieber, finally tallying three runs in the seventh with Cleveland already up by five.
A playoff preview from Fenway Park lived up to every bit of the hype on Monday night as the visiting Cleveland Indians rebounded from an early three-run deficit, then held off a late rally from the Red Sox for a 5-4 win in the series opener from Boston.
In a pitching matchup that pitted former Cy Young winners Rick Porcello of Boston and Corey Kluber of Cleveland, both starters would deal with scoring threats of the opposing power packed lineups. The Red Sox stepped up big early with two-out hitting, but the Tribe outfielders countered with blasts of their own to get the Indians back into the game in the middle innings. The Tribe dealt the deciding blow against Porcello in the seventh, then had to protect a two-run lead with the relief staff carrying the load for the final three innings.
A fourth inning grand slam from Melky Cabrera doubled Cleveland’s lead, while the Indians’ Mike Clevinger and three other relievers combined on a nine-hit 8-0 shutout of the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday afternoon.
The Indians locked down shutout number 13 on the year behind steady pitching from the Cleveland staff, early support from Greg Allen at the top of the order, and a big blow from Cabrera for the Indians’ ninth grand slam of the season, tying Boston and Cincinnati for the Major League lead. Cleveland took a lead in the bottom of the first, tacked on another in the second, and broke the game open with a six-run fourth against Orioles right-hander Yefry Ramirez, who would not retire an out in the fourth.
The Indians celebrated the career of Jim Thome on Saturday afternoon in front of the eighth sellout crowd of the season at Progressive Field, but the visiting Orioles opted to play the spoiler as a pair of home runs provided all four Baltimore runs and starter Alex Cobb handled the rest in a complete game effort in a 4-2 win over Cleveland.
Thome was the man of the hour pregame as the Indians honored his Hall of Fame induction last month with a pregame ceremony at the center of the diamond led by emcee Tom Hamilton. A host of former Tribe teammates of the slugger were present to recognize his career, and Thome was treated to several gifts, including a pair of seats bearing his old jersey numbers with the Indians and a large photo mosaic in the shape of the number 25. To cap the festivities, the Indians unveiled Thome’s retired jersey number among the names and numbers of other retired Cleveland legends in the upper deck in right field.
After all the pomp and circumstance, the Orioles had the rest of the fun on the day while ending the Indians’ six-game winning streak behind nine strong innings from the right-hander Cobb, who shined behind a five-hit complete game with minimal resistance from the Tribe bats throughout the afternoon.
Carlos Carrasco continued his dominance since returning from the disabled list and Jose Ramirez paced the Indians with a two-run first inning home run as Cleveland knocked off the Baltimore Orioles by a 2-1 final on Friday night.
It was a busy night in downtown Cleveland as the Indians began a quick three-game homestand while the NFL’s Browns opened the home slate with a preseason contest down the street against the Buffalo Bills. Fans in attendance at Progressive Field were treated to a low-scoring pitchers’ duel, with Carrasco and the Tribe walking away the victor at the end of the day.
A full claim to the Ohio Cup came down to the very last batter on Wednesday night as Brad Hand completed the sweep of the Cincinnati Reds by escaping a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth to secure a 4-3 win for the Cleveland Indians from Great American Ball Park.
In a game of big innings, the Indians took the lead in the sixth with a home run that just barely squeezed over the left field wall. After two strong innings of setup work from Cody Allen, Hand was tasked with the top of the Reds order, but he had to face six batters in a 4-3 game to record his 28th save of the season and his fourth with the Tribe.
Corey Kluber cruised through seven innings for the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night, allowing one run while backed early and often by his offense in an 8-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
It was a taste of the old Kluber from Great American Ball Park, where he looked to defend a 3-0 career mark against the Reds in three career starts, but it was to be his first appearance against the cross-state club since 2015. Before he could step foot to the mound to throw his first pitch of the night, he stood at the plate with a bat in his hands as the Indians put up four first inning runs and sent nine men to the plate to put away the game mere minutes after it had started.